Monday, April 28, 2008

The Story of Stuff — exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff.

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, with a special focus on the United States. All the stuff in our lives, beginning from the extraction of the resources to make it, through its production, sale, use and disposal, affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues and calls for all of us to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something. It'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
Watch the film and more: The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

If it's not racism then what is it?

Jerry Falwell said America had 9/11 coming because we tolerated gays, feminists and liberals. It was our fault. Our chickens had come home to roost, if you will. John McCain proudly received his support and even spoke at his university's commencement.

Reverend John Hagee has called the Catholic Church the "Great Whore." He has said that the Anti-Christ will rise out of the European Union (of course, the Anti-Christ will also be Jewish). He has said all Muslims are trained to kill and will be part of the devil's army when Armageddon comes (which he hopes is soon). John McCain continues to say he is proud of Reverend Hagee's endorsement.

Reverend Rod Parsley believes America was founded to destroy Islam. Since this is such an outlandish claim, I have to add for the record, that he is not kidding. Reverend Parsley says Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" brought down from a "demon spirit." Of course, we are in a war against all Muslims, including presumably Muslim-Americans. Buts since Parsley believes this is a Christian nation and that it should be run as a theocracy, he is not very concerned what Muslim-Americans think.

John McCain says Reverend Rod Parsley is his "spiritual guide."
What separates all of these outrageous preachers from Barack Obama's? You guessed it.
Read all of Different Standards for Black and White Preachers
Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks ~ March 19, 2008 ~ The Huffington Post

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Cure at Troy

Alec and I saw some more great theater last week when we were up in Seattle. He wrote:
The Seattle Repertory Theatre’s performance of “The Cure at Troy” is absolutely amazing. It is a retelling of an ancient and little known Greek play by Sophocles written by Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and directed by Tina Landau.
Read The Cure at Troy by Alec Clayton on his blog, South Sound Arts etc.

And check out this cool publication of Seattle Repertory Theatre
, OffBook: The Cure at Troy (PDF format)

April 23, 2008 ~ from Seattle Rep:
So...what did you think?

We went down to the lobby last night and asked people what they thought of the show. I'm not lying when I say that all the comments were really positive: I didn't edit any negative things out. And they came from both men and women from high school age on up, which is surprising considering this is a totally unique and different show with crazy singing, a giant mountain for a set and bare-chested men bathing in an on-stage mud pool. Oh yeah, and it also happens to be an adaptation Greek myth.
Watch So...what did you think? video on Seattle Rep's MySpace.

Monday, April 21, 2008

REBECCA RIOTS ~ again in Olympia!

One of my favorite bands REBECCA RIOTS is coming to Olympia again on their Northwest tour. If you get a chance to see them I recommend you do.

You can listen to some clips from their songs on the website, and we have two of their songs, "How I Feel" and "How I Feel Now" both written by Lisa Zeiler, on the Safe Schools Coalition's Coming Out Resource page.

They will be at The Artisan Café in Olympia this Sunday at 7:00 pm. ~ 109 N. Capitol Way. For info call 360-570-2202

And see Northwest Tour from April 24th - May 4th for other cities and venues they will be at.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

‘Ascetic’ at Midnight Sun in Olympia.

Alec and I went to the play ‘Ascetic’ put on by TAO - Theater Artists Olympia at the Midnight Sun theater space on Sunday night.

Alec had previewed a rehearsal at the director's house for his weekly theater column in the News Tribune. I was unable to go to the rehersal because it was close to my last seizure and I was still recovering. Alec knew it was the kind of theater I like (serious intense drama) and it was good enough that he wanted to see it again so we went on Sunday.

WOW! This show is excellent - powerful, emotional and challenging. While it does involve a spiritual theme you don't have to be religious to get a lot out of this play.

It was really sad that there were only four of us in the audience.

In his blog, South Sound Arts etc. (Art and theater reviews covering Seattle to Olympia, Washington, with other art, literature and personal commentary.)
Alec wrote on Friday, April 11, 2008:
Writing, acting make ‘Ascetic’ emotionally intense

and after seeing the show Sunday he wrote on Monday, April 14:
You're missing a great show.

Read them in Alec's blog South Sound Arts etc.

And here is 'The Ascetic': Step into a mystical, surprising world
by Molly Gilmore in The Olympian - April 10, 2008.

The play has a very short run - see it if you can! If you live in this area and are able to go see this, I highly recommend it.